Bringing a Victorian house into the 21st century
Nov 01, 2013
Trend inspirations can come and go but if you’re lucky enough to get your hands on a period property, emphasising the original features with a contemporary design really brings a period property into its own.
The great thing about styling a period property is how original features can offset contemporary design by using style modern styles with heritage aspects to both compliment an older property and highlight your personal taste.
By mixing interior designs with classic features such as backsplash tiles a bare kitchen can be balanced with Scandinavian minimal lighting and a vintage rustic farmhouse style tables to mix-up a heritage layouts with industrial pieces. In stark contrast to traditional elements such as a tiling and ornate boarders, you always have space you play about with lighting, accessories and elements of colour.
Kitchens are relaxed spaces, and this use of contemporary work surfaces and appliances work with the traditional undertones of tiling and sash windows to create a homely yet fashionable space, which works as a functional space whilst looking chic and inviting.
Open shelves, simple storage units and crisp cupboards all make a fantastic backdrop to the small collections memories that make up important parts of your home. From Tuscan bowls to Moroccan carpets, eccentric assortments play-up the notable heritage feature of an older property.
But that doesn’t mean to say your home has to be a homage to minimalist design, with white cube walls and bare furnishings. Unprimed walls, bare frames and dark wood floors show an alternative to the Victorian conversion. The stripped back, raw interiors of this bedroom really highlight the clean interiors by contrasting a back to basics approach with simple elegant modern features making a space both cosy and contemporary.
Victorian properties are built to maximise light. Bay windows, high ceilings open fireplaces make amazing focal points, but there’s always room to compliment them with other pieces. Conversion properties can be electric; they don’t have to be strict to one style or era this makes them a great space to bring together a range of designs.
Images source: Paul Massey, Alvhem, Petra Bindel, Bertrand Benoit
Via Lotta Agaton, My Scandinavian Home with thanks
Nov 22nd, 2013
I recently did up my kitchen but I kept the original tiling but changed near enough everything to be more contemporary , The clash between contemporary and traditional looks really does work and makes emphasises on the traditional features.
Nov 29th, 2013
I think period features add a lot of characteristics to a house.
Dec 2nd, 2013
Me and my husband do up properties, we recently bought a Victorian house (pretty cheaply), it had some really beautiful Victorian features, we wanted to make the house more modern and more desirable to people nowadays. We kept some of the original features, and now mixed with modern features, the house looks very nice and much better than it did!!
Dec 10th, 2013
I love period properties, I think they have so much more to offer, modern properties can look very plain and boring.
Jan 9th, 2014
I only like old houses, I’m not a great fan of contemporary ones. My husband and I recently bought an old rundown farmhouse in the British countryside, we bought it at an auction as it was going cheap due to it’s rundown and dull look. We have done up a couple of properties before but nothing this drastic. We had to start from scratch, empty everything from the house and rewire and decorate. I have always loved the farmhouse style and was a really enjoyable project for me, so much so instead of selling the property on once we had finished decorating it we moved in ourselves. This article is totally right, mixing old with contemporary. The heart of our home is the kitchen with the old wooden beams and the duck egg blue walls, it feels really calm and homely. Where as in our living room we have kept some of the original features of the house and mixed it with more contemporary pieces of furniture. The old fireplace looks great in the winter! I love reading about people who have turned around houses and made them into homes, and it’s a great sense of achievement seeing the finished project.
Feb 17th, 2014
I’d love to buy a victorian property and do it up. I love watching them restoration programmes and I like the old mixed with the new.
Feb 24th, 2014
I don’t particularly like older properties, I really like modern and contemporary buildings. I think that buildings should be modified otherwise they can turn into rundown and dull buildings, which doesn’t attract people. Also a lot of older buildings they take a lot of maintenance work, which isn’t always worth all the constant money!